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Sutter: ‘Gving up bad goals puts your head between your legs’

Jun 9, 2013, 1:20 AM EDT

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The 2013 playoffs press conferences no longer feature the yin-and-yang of coaches in John Tortorella and Darryl Sutter.

While the fired New York Rangers coach was unpredictable (aside from being surly), the recently eliminated Los Angeles Kings head coach brought a genial but difficult vibe to his post-game thoughts. Many will miss that, but at least he provided’s Nina Falcone and others with this gem after Game 5’s 4-3 double OT defeat:

“There’s not much you can do, but giving up bad goals puts your head between your legs and it gets your [expletive] kicked,” Sutter said.

Good times. Perhaps that means Patrick Kane did a lot of the kicking on Saturday, then?

  1. manchestermiracle - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Quick pretty much sealed their fate by giving up soft first goals in more than one game, but the offense sure didn’t help out. Two-thirds of the top line (Kopitar and Brown) should be ashamed of their lack of production.

    The Kings ended up recovering from their horrible effort in the first two games against the Blues, but repeating that script in Chicago was too much to overcome. Blowing game four in L.A. was inexcusable.

    Blackhawks/Bruins final should be good hockey. At least it will (temporarily) make the “purists” happy that there’s no team from someplace it doesn’t snow. After all, we all “know” hockey doesn’t belong below the Mason-Dixon line.

    • rainyday56 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:11 AM

      The stanley cup final really doesn’t belong in June either, but here of is.

    • rainyday56 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      here it is.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      What to say about Voynov coughing up the puck inside the o blue line to Toews for the odd man rush in OT? Ugly! Horrible give away!!

      • 2redmond - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        Coughing up the puck? Giveaway? Voynov pinched and got caught, but he never had the puck as Bickell chipped it past him to Toews. Guys from both teams were taking chances throughout both OTs, this just happened to be the decider.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Yep! Giveaway! Bonehead pinch. Puck got by him then on his back hand he pushed the puck towards to blue line. Watch the reverse angel replay.

  2. kingsfan93 - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Just to get the quote of what exactly Darryl Sutter said is right here about whether he had to say something after letting in two early goals.

  3. gbpakrfan - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Umm….looked to me like Chicago gave up at least 2 “bad” goals. (1 of them with 14 secs left in regulation)

  4. guyfawkes16051105 - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    You BUTCHERED his comment. What he said didn’t mean ANYTHING like what you claim. Here’s what he said, from LAKingsInsider:

    On whether he has to say anything to the team after allowing two early goals:

    “We don’t have to talk much about that stuff. That’s really a question that we get asked a lot, about resolve, all those things. Our team is highly successful because of that. There’s not much you can do about giving up bad goals. If you put your head between your legs, you’re going to get your ass kicked. We don’t do that. We respond in the right way all the time.”

  5. tdrusher225 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    The Kings were lucky enough to play in front of the best goaltending on the planet for most of the playoffs, and got away with barely putting any pressure on their opponents half the time. Quick is the #1 reason the Kings even made it this far, and Sutter has the nerve to put it on him? This is the same team that feels they can easily win scoring only 2 goals a game. That’s way to much pressure to put on your goaltending and defense, especially against a good offensive team like Chicago.

  6. dudermcrbohan - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    is proofreading really that hard?

  7. kaptaanamerica - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    LA was tired and injured from playing the extra games against SJ. They wouldn’t have had to if the refereeing wasn’t so brutal in Game 3 and it cost them. They would have been fresher and healthier going into the 3rd round if they didn’t get screwed over in the 2nd round. Chicago isn’t the better team.

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